Tag Archives: Points Based System

A Tale Of Two Colleges: Supreme Court Upholds Sponsorship Guidance But Questions The Immigration Act’s Efficacy

New London College Ltd, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] UKSC 51 (17 July 2013)  Only a year sets the R (Alvi) v SSHD [2012] UKSC 33 and R (New London College … Continue reading

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Immigration Rules Changed Again

Yet another set of changes in the immigration rules is around the corner and most of these will enter into force on 13 December 2012. To this end, Statement of changes in Immigration Rules HC 760 envisages a plethora of … Continue reading

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Article 8 and Kafka: Students under Chikwamba

Secretary of State for the Home Department v Hayat (Pakistan) [2012] EWCA Civ 1054 (31 July 2012) The question where an article 8 claim should be made often arises? At times this is a hard question to answer but the … Continue reading

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Alvi: The Aftermath …

In the wake of the Alvi [2012] UKSC 33 judgment, a new Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules CM8423  (“the statement”) came into force on 20 July 2012. Weirdly, the statement – spanning an overwhelming 288 pages – also corrects cross-referencing errors in Appendix … Continue reading

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Alvi: Every “Rule” Must Be Laid

R (on the application of Alvi) (Respondent) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) [2012] UKSC 33 This case began as a “simple” Tier 2 (General) application under the points-based system (PBS). Yet the refusal of Mr Alvi’s application ended up … Continue reading

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President Blake blasts postal payments

Basnet (validity of application – respondent) Nepal [2012] UKUT 113 (IAC) (04 April 2012) A very large number of immigration applications are made in the post. In this important case the Upper Tribunal (President Blake and Judge Macleman) found that … Continue reading

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A rule is a rule

Miah & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 261 (07 March 2012) This is an important case. The Court of Appeal (Maurice Kay, Stanley Burnton and Lewison LJJ) unanimously decided that there was no … Continue reading

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Statistiken, Gastarbeiter und Wirtschaft

A week ago the Office for National Statistics published its Migration Statistics Quarterly Report February 2012. The summary included the following points: Estimated total long-term immigration to the UK in the year to June 2011 was 593,000. This compares to 582,000 in … Continue reading

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Students, cancellation, curtailment and private life

Fiaz (cancellation of leave to remain – fairness) Pakistan [2012] UKUT 57 (IAC) (22 February 2012) Facts Having one’s leave/visa curtailed is quite a serious matter but to have it cancelled is a lot worse. In this case the appellant … Continue reading

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April changes to points-based system

The Immigration Rules are changed all the time. No part of the rules has been varied as much as the points-based system (PBS). The purpose of the PBS was to harmonise the old rules which brought about its creation. Yet, … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal wants “common sense” in PBS

In Agubata v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] All ER (D) 151 (Jan) the Court of Appeal (Mummery, Etherton and Sullivan LJJ) delivered extempore judgment in a Tier 4 points-based system case on 26 January 2012. The case … Continue reading

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Constitutional cases in the points-based system

Although many facets of immigration control in the UK can be changed there are some matters of principle which executive power cannot vary without the consent of Parliament. Equally, the debate about the exercise of the home secretary’s discretionary powers … Continue reading

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Points-based system, switching, etcetera

From July onwards last year Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) visa holders began to face difficulties in switching into Tier 2 (General) because it became virtually impossible to get the UKBA to grant new CoS in the £20,000–£23,999.99 salary band. New … Continue reading

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Poppycock claims

Just as day two in the Quila appeal kicks off (watch here or join the discussion here or please click the twitter blackbird pie item at the end of this post), I would just like to take the opportunity to state … Continue reading

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Points-based system news

As of 6 April 2011 no sponsored migrant under Tier 2 (General) can be paid in cash. Moreover, restricted CoS can be applied for 3 months in advance (the earliest possible date). In paragraph 206 of the Sponsor Guidance, the … Continue reading

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Case Comment: JA (revocation of registration – Secretary of State’s policy) India [2011] UKUT 52 (IAC)

Having glanced at this case, I noticed that I have been to visit the place which used to be called “The London School of Business and Computing” (LSBC) on behalf of a Gambian gentleman (“Mr G” – an overstayer) who phoned … Continue reading

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New student rules

As I entered the UK in the year 2000 under paragraph 57 of the immigration rules (as they were then in force), I could not resist writing about the changes to the immigration rules with respect to students. In the … Continue reading

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Tier 2 update

The 6 April 2011 changes in the immigration rules will modify Tier 2 (General) by dividing Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) into ‘restricted’ and ‘unrestricted’ categories. In the restricted category, a cap of 20,700 will be maintained and 4,200 CoS will … Continue reading

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Dirty cash we need you

Statement of changes HC 863 to the immigration rules was published by the government on 16 March 2011 and will come into force on 6 April 2011. It is a substantial document which makes various amendments. In sum, through the … Continue reading

Posted in AP (Russia), ECHR, Immigration Law, Immigration Rules, Pankina, PBS, Post Study Work, Special Talent, Tier 1, Tier 2 | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Pankina providence

This is the 100th post I am publishing on this website. Time sure does go by quickly. But I suppose that it is a propitious occasion to share some good news (at last!) with the world. Overseas applicants who were … Continue reading

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